Nov 27, 2012 12:00pm PST
, california striking down their three-strikes law. that says let's not have nonviolent drug offenders go away to jail for a long time. judges and police say this is a losing battle. let's move towards treatment and decriminalization and treat it like alcohol rather than prohibition and criminalization. we have a mexican president saying, hey, let's look at a different way to treat this thing. let's talk about what he recently said. in favor of opening a new debate in the strategy in the way we fight drug traffickings. it's clear after several decades we have more drug consumption, drug use, drug trafficking. things are not working. a change in the drug policy would have a massive impact on the economy and on crime in both north america and throughout south america, and would lead the way and open the path toward a more humane immigration policy and people in america accepting them. >> i think you're right. it's been interesting. as things have moved politically in terms of the war on drugs, we've also, of course, seen after this election potential movement on comprehensive immigration reform.
Nov 19, 2012 12:00pm PST
and local level. that reminded me what an important role the states have here, too, and, in fact, california has just started a new cap and trade program four days ago. they had their first action for greenhouse gas credits. they would be the eighth largest economy in the world. they're the largest state economy, so when they act it has a big impact actually. >> not quite as optimistic as you -- >> i didn't persuade you? >> t >> not yet. there is a new mood on the hill. consumerism is a major problem. the developed nations in the north of the globe use so much more than the nations, the poorer nations on the south side of the globe. it's not just the things that we buy that we tell each other to buy that are designed and advertising and thank you madison avenue make us want to buy, but it's the waste from manufacturing. we use so much more metal and energy and paper and water than the people in the south. we talked about recycling. we're better at recycling than a few decades ago, but people in poorer countries reuse the things we throw aaway after one or two uses. they reuse them over and o